Toronto CISO Community

Gain powerful new perspectives

Join fellow CISOs in the Toronto community to solve critical leadership challenges through the collective experiences and expertise of the network.

Invaluable network

Build a strong professional network where you live and work. Access the collective expertise of your true peers all in one place. Make new connections and catch up with old friends.

Peer collaboration

Gain new perspectives from peers who understand your most critical priorities and are facing the same challenges -- generate ideas, share real-life experiences and get forward-looking guidance and insights.

Actionable insights

Exchange best practices, validate strategies and walk away with practical insights that are immediately actionable.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today.

  1. Supporting business agility with risk-based programs
  2. Evaluating, communicating and responding to evolving threats
  3. Building a culture of security to enable smart, secure decision-making

Toronto CISO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Toronto CISO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.


Zaki Abbas

Brookfield Asset Management

Michael Dundas

AVP, Cyber Protection

Sandra Liepkalns

Choice Properties REIT
VP, Information Security & Data Governance

Ranjika Manamperi

Ontario Power Generation
Vice President Cybersecurity & CISO

Mike Melo

VP Technology Shared Services & CISO


Omar Al-Assaf

American Express
Bank Information Security Officer for the Americas

Davis Arora

Senior Director of Cyber Security

Salman Ashraf

The Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation
Director, Corporate Information Security Officer (CISO)

Mohsen Azari

Walmart Canada
Senior IT Security Manager

Natalia Bakhtina

BFL Canada
Director of Cybersecurity and IT Risk Management

Michael Balenzano

Lactalis Canada
Manager, Network Services

Keith Benedict

Postmedia Network Inc
Director IT Security, Audit and Compliance

Aamir Bhaijiwala

Chartwell Retirement Residences
Director Information Security

Shimul Bhattacharjee

Global Information Security Officer, Infrastructure & Operation

Ireen Birungi

VP, Information Security and CISO

Simon Brown

Weston Foods Inc
Director, Cybersecurity

Derek Browne

Northbridge Financial Corporation

Steve Browning

Vena Solutions
VP, Data Privacy and Corporate Security

Tom Campbell

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Director Cyber Security

Abigail Carter-Langford

Canada Health Infoway
EVP, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Chief Privacy & Security Officer

Alpha Chan

Toronto Police Service
Cyber Security Lead

David Cullen

AGF Management Limited

Jeff Curtis

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Chief Privacy Officer

Tracy Dallaire

McMaster University
Director Information Security

Sergio De Oliveira

Senior Information Security Analyst

Dan Di Salvo

Maple Leaf Foods
VP, Infrastructure & Security Services

Douglas Elsmore

City of Brampton
Manager of Information Security & Risk

Adam Evans

Royal Bank of Canada
VP, Cyber Operations & CISO

Andrew Faber

Toronto Pearson Airport
Director Security Technology Services

Steve Ferrigni

CSA Group
Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Security

Eran Frank

Canada Life
AVP, Information Security

Chris Gaya

Munich Reinsurance America
Head of IT Security, Architecture & Engineering

Patrick Gilbert

Lowes Canada
Sr. Director, Information Security

Manas Giri


Rachel Guinto

AVP Global Information Risk Management

Arif Hameed

Munich Re New Ventures
VP & Chief Information Security Officer

Le Ha Hang

VP, Enterprise Security

Vaughn Hazen


Jihad Hazime

Director of DevSecOps & S-SDLC

John Hewie

Microsoft Canada
Chief Security Officer

Fred Hopper

Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security
Vice President, Security, Quality & Process Improvement

Rod Hynes

Bell Canada
Director, Information Security

Waruna Jay

Vice President, Information Technology

Faiza Kacem

BNP Paribas Canada
Head Americas - Operational Resilience, Crisis Management, and Third Party Tech Risk

Stephen Kerkmann

Director IT Security & Risk Management

Vivek Khindria

Vice President Security and Risk

Karl Larson

Lightspeed HQ
VP Security

Tony Lee

Associate Director, CISO

Faisal Malik


Daniel McAuley

Weston Group of Companies
Sr. Manager, Information Security and Infrastructure

Brenda McCulloch


Craig Newell

GDI Integrated Facility Services
VP, Enterprise Information Security

Kashif Parvaiz

University Health Network
CISO, RSOC Program Director

Vinay Puri

Thomson Reuters
VP, Head of Security Architecture

Blair Radbourne

Vice President, Cybersecurity & Technology Risk

Sam Rego

CISO & Senior Director IT I&O

Mark Reid

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
VP Cybersecurity & IT Compliance

Heloisa Ribeiro

Director, Enterprise Information Security

John Roberts

Province of Ontario
Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario

Greg Ruddell

Director IT Security & Audit

Chris Russel

York University

Ben Sapiro

Canada Life
Head of Technology Risk, CISO

Kirill Semenov

Information Technology Security Officer

Vishal Sharma


Nilesh Shastri

Bayshore HealthCare
Director, Information Security and Compliance

Arsen Shirokov

Director, Information Governance & Security / CISO

Priya Sirwani

Fiera Capital
Global CISO

Raj Sivarajah

CI Financial

Gary Smith

VP, Enterprise Tech Relations

Andrey Spiwak

John Hancock
Director, Cyber Incident Management & Threat Intelligence

Jeff Stark


Les Stevens

Capital One Financial
Senior Director, Cyber Security and Divisional CISO

Danny Sutantyo

Director, Data Protection and Compliance

Sohaib Syeed Ahmed

First National Financial
Information Security Officer

Deepak Upadhyaya

Baker Tilly International
CISO, Partner - Digital Tech and Risk

Juan Valbuena

Yamana Gold
Director Global Cybersecurity

Tom Verhoog

Global Information Security Manager

Nabeel Yousif

Flexiti Financial

Olivera Zatezalo

Suncor Energy
GM, Cyber Security & Privacy

Adam Zimmerman

Executive Director, Cyber Security

Upcoming Programs


June 14, 2022 | 1 day

Toronto CISO Executive Summit

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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September 14, 2022 | 1 hour

Toronto CISO Virtual Town Hall

Toronto CISO Virtual Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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October 12 - 14, 2022 | 3 days

Global CISO Executive Summit

Eaglewood Resort & Spa

A summit for CISOs with global responsibilities to come together and discuss challenges unique to global operations.

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October 26, 2022 | an evening

Toronto CISO Inner Circle


A gathering with peers to discuss timely topics over dinner in a private setting.

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December 15, 2022 | 1 day

Toronto CISO Executive Summit

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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